Malindo Air, a Malaysian-based hybrid airline, will launch its commercial flight operations from Tiruchi, Delhi, Mumbai and Ahmedabad to Kuala Lumpur shortly.
The joint Malaysia – Indonesia airline, which is a member of the PT Lion Group, will start daily flights from Tiruchi on January 2. The flying time between Tiruchi and Kuala Lumpur will be three hours and 45 minutes.
The airline will start daily flights from Delhi on December 30.
The airline will operate daily flights from Ahmedabad and Mumbai on January 27 and February 15 respectively.
Addressing the media here on Friday, its Chief Executive Officer Chandran Rama Muthy said the airline would operate its Boeing 737 – 900 ER latest aircraft for its India operations with a 180–seat capacity, including 12 business class in every flight offering extra legroom and comfort.
As a special introductory offer, the economy class return fare would be Rs. 10,000 all–inclusive from Tiruchi to Kuala Lumpur — while the business class return fare would be Rs. 39,900.
The airlines network carrier would allow passengers from Tiruchi to connect to other Malindo Air flights to other South-East Asian destinations such as Bali, Jakarta, Langkawi, Bangkok and Penang in the due course of time.
Mr. Chandran said the airline would start the second service in the evening in the Tiruchi – Kuala Lumpur sector from February. “If all goes well, the airline will operate three flights in the Tiruchi – Kuala Lumpur – Tiruchi sector by 2014 end,” he said.
Mohd Izal Mahd Nor, Director, Tourism Malaysia, Chennai exuded hope that Malindo Air’s presence in India would see a new synergic level for the tourism industry both in Malaysia and in India.